Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup


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Hi,
I have a choice of either machine specifically for Photoshop work involving big files(*PSD as large as 1GB) The G5 does have more ram?..


May I know which is a better choice? Thks:)
*Pls dont consider upgrade option, probably not gonna happen..
 

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When you say 'G5', do you mean the ancestor of the current Mac Pro?

I'm using Mac Pro, and I know that both Mac Pro and G5 use the 'higher-end'
RAM: fully-bufferred ECC RAM which are faster and more stable.

My Mac Pro is loaded with a single Quad-core and 4GB ECC RAM and it's doing
very well. I could edit RAW files on photoshop, listen to iTunes and watch EyeTV
all at the same time without the computer hanging or lagging.

=)
 

waiyean

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Hi,

Go for the Mac Pro option. It's using an Intel chip, unlike the older G5. Newer versions of Photoshop will not be able to run on the non-Intel set.

RAM is also not everything, besides even if you are not upgrading now, you may still do so in future, at very low cost. Furthermore, I won't be surprised if the Mac Pro is using a faster RAM.

Gut feel reading the specs is that the Mac Pro will be a faster machine despite having less processors.
 

ortega

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the version of Photoshop also plays a big part in the actual speed

the intel mac will run universal apps faster than non universal apps (eg Photoshop CS2)
 

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Thks all for e wonderful replies
My co. all still using OSx, CS3, G5s and Mac Pros.

>If u r using CS4, the Mac Pro will burn the G5!
Upgrade to CS4 will be easier to approve..hmm
 

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prec85

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Definitely Mac Pro. Processor speed, L2 cache and memory speed all beat the G5
 

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When you say 'G5', do you mean the ancestor of the current Mac Pro?

I'm using Mac Pro, and I know that both Mac Pro and G5 use the 'higher-end'
RAM: fully-bufferred ECC RAM which are faster and more stable.

My Mac Pro is loaded with a single Quad-core and 4GB ECC RAM and it's doing
very well. I could edit RAW files on photoshop, listen to iTunes and watch EyeTV
all at the same time without the computer hanging or lagging.

=)
ECC Registered/buffered RAM actually cause performance penalty, as every read and write needs to be registered/buffered thru the registered chip. unless one is running a mission critical system, ECC registered RAM is not needed, not to mention the extra cost.

just about any current multi-core system is able to multitask the above mentioned apps with ease, with enough RAM of course.

no offense, just stating the facts. :)
 

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